Illustration

 

I’ve always thought as visually as verbally, and communicated through illustration, photography and graphic design. My most personal and experimental work has been my Christmas cards, which I have been designing since childhood and selling for many years. I’ve also designed posters, leaflets, infographics, memes, and a historical map of Edinburgh; and I occasionally take commissions.

Visit my online shop for Christmas cards and ‘Layers of Edinburgh’

Examples

A Christmas card for 2020 with a forestry theme.
Christmas card highlighting the plight of refugees, a Celtic illumination of the text 'Because there was no room for them in the inn', 2015.
A Christmas card highlighting the plight of refugees, a Celtic illumination of the text ‘Because there was no room for them in the inn’, 2015.
Outdoor panel showing significant locations in St John's Peace Garden, in collaboration with graphic designers The Osprey Company
Outdoor panel showing significant locations in St John’s Peace Garden, in collaboration with graphic designers The Osprey Company, 2010. More information in this article.
A Christmas card celebrating the 1852 Act banning Christmas.
A Christmas card celebrating the 1852 Act of Parliament banning Christmas.
Earth be Glad, promoting environmental awareness amongst Christians, produced to launch St John's Edinburgh environmental initiatives in 2005, this sold over 5000 copies to churches around the UK.
Earth be Glad, promoting environmental awareness amongst Christians, produced to launch St John’s Edinburgh environmental initiatives in 2005, this sold over 5000 copies to churches around the UK.
Christmas card for a composer featuring his spaniel and his composition: "O great mystery, that animals should see the newborn Lord", 2010.
Christmas card for a composer, featuring his spaniel and his composition: “O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the newborn Lord lying in a manger”, 2010.

Blog

Back amongst the Celts

The combination of a showery bank holiday and an exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland gave me a chance to revisit my first old artistic love, the art of the Celts. There was knotwork of course, and the point was made that this is really characteristic of Anglo-Saxons rather than Celts, something I discovered in Jarrow and Hexham. … Continue reading “Back amongst the Celts”

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Christmas cards

My identity has always come from what I create rather than what I consume, so for me the especial delight of Christmas has always been not so much getting loot as showing off. Every year since I was a little girl, I have looked forward to a feast of indulgence of singing Christmas carols, and … Continue reading “Christmas cards”

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A Celtic Revival

When my sister and I were little, whenever we went to a museum or castle we were always most interested in the shop, where everything was so glittering and tempting compared to the fusty old objects we should have been looking at. This girlish consumerism was somewhat looked down upon, but on one occasion I … Continue reading “A Celtic Revival”

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The Christmas Falcon

  It’s Christmas Eve, 1814, and the big house of Falcon Hall in Edinburgh is wrapped in snow and night. In the kitchen, the grumbling cook is preparing Christmas dinner when a mysterious child with a falcon on her shoulder comes to help him… The Falcon Christmas is based on the true stories of Falcon … Continue reading “The Christmas Falcon”

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Christmas Cards

I became an illustrator by making my own Christmas cards. As a teenager I was obsessed by Celtic art. I would begin in January, and spend the year creating a set of designs. At first they were closely derived from The Book of Kells and Lindesfarne Gospels, but I became more confident about designing my … Continue reading “Christmas Cards”

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The St John’s Garden

St John’s Church at the West End of Edinburgh have just completed a major project to improve and open up their historic and beautiful graveyard. They asked me to provide an illustration for a new interpretative sign. It’s the cherry on the cake of all the work of tree-felling, planting, path-building and monument restoration which … Continue reading “The St John’s Garden”

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Gladstone’s Land Gallery

George Harris and I are exhibiting our work this week in a father and daughter team. We’re at the Gladstone’s Land Gallery in the Lawnmarket, just down the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle — it’s number 13 on my guide to the Old Town. Gladstone’s Land is a 17th century tenement. The ground and first … Continue reading “Gladstone’s Land Gallery”

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Being Part of the Edinburgh Festival

I love West Port. Every time I walk along it I see something new. Where else would you find a shop front proclaiming, ‘V. Good, Defence Lawyers’? Yesterday I noticed that the adjacent laundrette and sex-shop both had copies of the same sign in the window: ‘Staff wanted. Apply with CV within’. I walked through … Continue reading “Being Part of the Edinburgh Festival”

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